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Nickel Brook Maple Porter - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Maple PorterNickel Brook Maple Porter

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78
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fragrant, dark ruby porter, brewed with a blend of six malts, toasted barley and infused with pure, dark Canadian maple syrup. The result is a complex mixture of roasted malt and maple syrup flavours and aromas.

Nickel Brook Maple Porter is a unique Canadian interpretation of an ancient classic!

18 IBU

(Beer added by: pootz on 04-04-2007)
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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, day 1 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Under the cap: 'Penny for your thoughts, nickel for your thirst'? Kind of weak, that.

This beer pours a solid, brown-tinted black, with muddied basal cola 'highlights', and a teeming tower of over-effusive, frothy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some Mediterranean grotto lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of musty dark chocolate, molasses, astringent black licorice, semi-sweet vague maple syrup, a bit of woodsmoke, and a hint of warming alcohol. The taste is much more rounded, and um, good - roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, oaken vanilla, dark fleshy fruit - figs and department store raisins - a rather understated sour wooden maple essence, especially given the order of the words in this beer's name, an unfocused leafy bitterness, and further subtle booze notes.

The carbonation is bit out of control, what with the literal eruption of rising head when any sort of aggressive pour is attempted, yet the effect on the tongue is limp and ineffectual, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a hint of tattered creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, still chocolaty and fruity, and tempered by a mildly sour mustiness.

Not a bad porter, really, the soft sourness actually pleasant enough. However, we all be jonesin' for some sweet, sweet maple, and well, this just doesn't deliver on that promise. Maybe it all wafted away back to Mrs. Butterworth's joint whilst this bottle was stricken in that big box o' beer these past number of months.

biboergosum, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery. Black with some white bubbly head. Maple aroma followed by mollasses, although the molasses dominates the taste. Above average mouthfeel, somewhat sour, and more carbonated than their usual lineup. Sweetness with no-frills mollasses.
Had on cask at The Rhino and it was a decent porter. Nicely drinkable.

Sammy, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of maple and roasted malt are easily detectable. Taste is a strange mix between some lightly sweet maple notes with dry roasted malt. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Not bad overall but I am probably not the biggest fan of including maple in beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a very fresh 6 pack, just bottled two weeks ago.

A - Very dark; almost opaque; looks a lot like cola.

S - Toasty; distinct but not overpowering maple aroma.

T - Very faint maple taste. Would have liked a little more maple flavour. Otherwise sort of bland with not enough roasted malt flavour that is typical of a porter. I felt like this either needed a robust maple flavour or at least a typical porter profile of roasted malts and it had neither. Disappointing.

M - A bit watery, not typical for a porter.

D - A drinkable beer, but not an enjoyable one. I wouldn't buy this again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +19%

ThinkAgain, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 12, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -10.7%

DamageCase76, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size creamy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - maple, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels creamy on the palette. There is actually quite a bit of taste going here, lots of sugar sweetness and lots of maple flavours. There are also notes of toffee and chocolate and some malts. The beer finishes with a very sweet maple and sugar aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was a little too sweet for my liking but it was still decent. However, I wouldn't seek it out again.

spinrsx, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

RedAleMan, May 03, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served at Highway 61.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. Cream/cappucino couloured head, with the mildest of head retained and no lace. Smells of sweet maple, light roastiness and smoke with a hint of vanilla. Some mild chocolate here too. Taste is sweet as well, with some light chocolate but not complex by any means. Mouthfeel was a bit watery and thinner than I'd expect/prefer. Drinkability wasn't too bad, but had to wait a little while to finish this one, it was served freezing cold.

liamt07, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of SebD
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice mocha head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, caramel, chocolate and some nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some maple syrup, light caramel, a hint of chocolate and some nuttiness. Fairly watery.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, May 04, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO (2014 edition), served slightly chilled. I've had more than a few maple beers over the years, but there are very few that I have bothered purchasing more than once.

Pours an opaque brown-black cola colour, topped with nearly two fingers of fluffy, frothy tan-coloured head. Decent retention; it takes a fairly long time to wilt completely away, leaving a spongy pattern of lace behind on the glass. Looks great, with the malts being the more prominent aspect of the aroma. Roasted malts, toffee and maple syrup are all detectable, with a light touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with this one - this is a yummy, balanced porter that drinks a lot lighter than the abv might suggest. Dark malts are the focus, with notes of baker's chocolate, caramel and molasses accenting the roastiness. A touch of raisin also comes through, with the maple syrup sweetness seemingly content to remain in the background. Nice bittersweet finish, with chocolate alongside some licorice and vaguely smoky notes. Medium-bodied, with a luxuriously smooth feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.0, an A-. Nickel Brook's Maple Porter is a solid dark brew, with the maple syrup providing a pleasant sweetness that should make this an accessible, enjoyable option for many consumers. I'm not real big on the format - this would be fine as a sixer or in cans - but as far as Ontario-made sweet porters go, this is a very enjoyable option that I'd consider returning to again.

thehyperduck, May 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

rickfos, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Brody1714, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of the ones who is drinking this tonight thanks to the Beer Advent calender. This was the inaugural beer from the box.

A: Jet black with huge, unrelenting head. Frothy light brown head. Normally I can gauge the darkness of the beer by looking at the edges but the head never goes away so that option's out. Reduces to a thick skin after a little while and never goes away. Lacing doesn't stick though.

S: This might be the highlight of the beer for me. Chocolate, some coffee (like a cafe latte), raisins, a bitterness I can't quite place, and somewhere back there a maple-vanilla sweetness. To my relief, I already know this isn't a maple-bomb at this point.

T: Chocolatey coat to start and a maple, brown sugar build towards the finish. I don't know, not a lot to report really. It's pleasant enough but not a lot to talk about. I think I've been spoiled by the richness of big-ABV beers but this just seems a little deflated.

M: It's thin but what reduces my vote here is the carbonation is just too high for the style in my opinion. In a saison sure, but in a porter I want pretty gentle carbonation and I feel like this is crackling on my tongue which is kind of not working for me.

O: Totally drinkable though the mouthfeel isn't super appealing to me, but not much to reflect upon. Glad I got to try it though!

JasonLovesBeer, Dec 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

cfalovo97, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of byronic
1/5  rDev -70.2%

byronic, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Docrock
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Docrock, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Victory Cafe. It'd be great with their weekend brunch!

A: Dark, cola-colour with a light tan head; some retention & lace.

S: Big, BIG maple aroma, with underlying hints of nuts, chocolate & bread.

T: Big maple flavour with a light, pancake-like, breadyness. Hints of nuts & chocolate. Slight sweetness with a balanced bitterness.

M: Slight sweetness but it's well-attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Initially it's really enticing, but a glass was certainly enough.

Derek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Noxious26
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special edition 341ml bottle via Pootz poured in a pint glass.

Almost looks more like a brown ale. Chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch beige head on the pour. Head settles to a thin cap.

Aroma is more like a porter though. Roasted and toasted malts, syrup sweetness (presumably the maple), subdued earthy-woody tones.

Roasted malts jump out right off the start. Then fade slightly into a tight prickly carbonation rush. After the rush, a woody, earthy, nutty quality comes through and pushes ahead at the finish. Some smokey-peaty qualities in the background. Mildly bitter roast malt finish with a little char.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Carbonation feels like tiny sharp little thorns on the tongue.

A very unique experience. Unlike any beer I've had before. Quite complex and layered. Attributes come to the foreground in varying degrees as it warms. Shares some qualities with a porter, and some qualities with an american brown ale. Styles be damned! Who says something as interesting and tantalizing as this has to fit a guideline?

Noxious26, May 10, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JeanDuteau
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like others reviewing around this time, I am reviewing this as the Day 1 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

This beer poured as a nice black beer with brown tones. The head was huge and a) would not go away and b) just kept coming no matter how slowly I poured it. This really took away from the review of the beer because I could not get very good smell tests and I had to wait awhile or end up drinking foam (I couldn't wait so I got a mouthful of foam).

When I could smell the beer, it had a nice sweet tang to it. It wasn't really a maple syrup taste, but I am assuming that the maple brought the sweetness with it. It had molasses and a hint of chocolate to it which is what I expected from the Porter.

The taste was very nice - the dark malts were overshadowed by the sweetness and there was a taste of raisin that was not in the smell. Disappointingly, there was not a strong maple syrup taste to it which I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was nice other than when the foam got in the way.

JeanDuteau, Dec 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

esto, Oct 20, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

polloenfuego, Apr 27, 2013
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Nickel Brook Maple Porter from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.